General Synod - February Group of Sessions 2004
How I Voted
The following are not included:
Motions are given in their final form, after any successful amendments.
|My vote||Synod's vote|
|Additional Collects (GS 1493B)|
That the liturgical business entitled "Additional Collects" be finally approved for a period from Sunday 15 February 2004 until further Resolution of the Synod.
That this Synod, noting the recent success of the British National Party in local elections in parts of Lancashire:
(a) believe that any political movement that seeks to divide our communities on the basis of ethnicity is an affront to the nature of God revealed in creation and scripture and is a grave danger to harmonious community relationships; consequently voting for and/or supporting a political party that offers racist policies is incompatible with Christian discipleship;
(b) call on all Christians in England to nurture a loathing of the sin of racism and to model the teaching of Christ in loving all our neighbours; and
(c) commit the Church of England to work in partnership with our ecumenical partners, other faith groups, voluntary and statutory organisations, mainstream political parties and all people of good will, in building cohesive communities and affirming our multiethnic, culturally and religiously diverse society.
|Draft Amending Canon No 26 etc
(Changes to the composition of General Synod) (GS 1484A - 1487A)
|[The relevant resolutions in this section were rather technical, and so I have summarized them in a more understandable form. Only the most significant are included.]|
change number of Deans elected by the Province of Canterbury from three to five.
|for||carried||remove special constituency for archdeacons, and allow them to stand for election as proctors (ie in the same diocesan constituencies as other clergy)|
|for||carried||reinstate the six university members|
|against||lost||change the House of Bishops to one bishop (not necessarily the diocesan) per diocese|
|for||carried||agree GS 1484A, GS 1485A, GS 1486A, GS 1487A with the above amendments|
Report by the Mission and Public Affairs Council (GS 1523)
That this Synod
(a) welcome the report Mission-shaped Church as a contribution to reflection and action about a 'mixed economy church' and commend it to dioceses, deaneries and parishes for study and discussion;
(b) encourage all parishes to regard the area within their parish boundaries as areas of 'responsibility' rather than areas of 'ownership';
(c) invite dioceses to take account of the report's proposals in the development of their diocesan mission strategies;
(d) invite dioceses and Partnership for World Mission Agencies to send examples of good practice in discovering fresh ways of engaging in mission with contemporary society to the Mission and Public Affairs Division for wider circulation;
(e) request the Mission and Public Affairs Council to: consider how the contributions and needs of minority ethnic people relate to an inclusive theology in changing models of church; consider the growing contribution of minority ethnic people to mission and parish renewal; and draw on the experience of minority ethnic clergy and laity at looking at new ways of being church;
(f) ask the Mission and Public Affairs Council to consider and take forward the recommendations and report back to General Synod in the next quinquennium;
(g) ask the Mission and Public Affairs Council to also explore how current ministry restrictions relating to parish boundaries could be relaxed, to enable all churches to respond more flexibly to the network culture in which we now live; and
(h) reaffirm the guidelines for bringing a church plant to maturity, that appear in Appendix 1 of Breaking New Ground, already published and approved by General Synod, and recommend that they be adopted and used by each Diocese.
|A Measure for Measures: in Mission and
Report of the Review of the Dioceses, Pastoral and related Measures (GS 1528)
|for||carried||That this Synod
(a) approve the recommendations contained in pages 96 to 105 of the Report, except that in Recommendation 41(c) the word "regular" be inserted before the words "public worship"; and
(b) request the Archbishops' Council and the Business Committee to appoint a follow-up group (i) to prepare draft legislation to implement those recommendations which require it and (ii) to oversee the implementation of the other recommendations.
|The Draft Pastoral (Amendment) Measure
Measure for First Consideration
|for||carried||That the Measure entitled "Pastoral (Amendment) Measure" be considered for revision in committee.|
|Gender Neutral Titles|
That this Synod, noting that gender neutral language was one of the guiding principles in devising Common Worship, request that all future legislation of this Synod referring to offices be drafted (where legal and drafting considerations permit) so that gender neutral language is employed.
|Future Use of the Church Commissioners' Funds (GS 1529)|
That the Synod do take note of this Report.
|for||carried||motion to adjourn the above motion.|
Some Issues in Human Sexuality: A guide to the debate
That this Synod commend Some Issues in Human Sexuality to the
Church for study and reflection.
|That this Synod
(a) strongly reaffirm that marriage is central to the stability and health of human society and warrants a unique place in the law of this country;
(b) recognise that there are issues of hardship and vulnerability for people whose relationships are not based on marriage which need to be addressed by the creation of new legal rights; and
(c) ask the Mission and Public Affairs Council to monitor future developments on these issues and report as necessary to Synod.
|Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure (GS 1476B)|
That the Measure entitled "Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure" be finally approved.
|Draft Stipends (Cessation of Special Payments)
Measure (GS 1505A)
Measure for Revision
Report by the Revision Committee (GS 1505Y)
|for||carried||That the Synod do take note of this Report.|
|For||carried||motions to accept each clause of the draft measure.|
|Common Worship Ordinal (GS 1534)|
That the liturgical business entitled "Common Worship Ordinal" be considered for revision in committee.
|Draft Amending Canon No 27
Canon for First Consideration
|for||lost||That the Canon entitled "Amending Canon No 27" be considered for revision in committee.|
|Telling the Story: Being Positive about
Report by the Mission and Public Affairs Council (GS 1530)
That this Synod, aware of the suffering and unprecedented threat to human life and development presented by HIV/AIDS and mindful of the statement issued by the Primates of the Anglican Communion in May 2003 that the 'Body of Christ has AIDS':
(a) commend the positive contribution that Churches and church agencies in Africa have made to addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic;
(b) affirm the work of the Church of England's world mission agencies, the development agencies and diocesan companion links in their support of those working with people with HIV/AIDS, including orphans and children made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS;
(c) commend and encourage further development of partnerships between DfID and Churches of the Anglican Communion as exemplified in the HIV/AIDS work of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa;
(d) encourage dioceses and parishes to use World AIDS Day (December 1) as a means of raising awareness of the impact of AIDS and raising financial support for the work of the Church's mission and development agencies in their work with HIV/AIDS; and
(e) ask the Mission and Public Affairs Council to take forward the recommendations set out in section 7 of Telling the Story: Being Positive about HIV/AIDS.
|Weekday Lectionary and Amendments to Calendar, Lectionary and Collects, Rules for Regulating Authorized Forms of Service, and 'Rules to Order the Service and Other Miscellaneous Liturgical Proposals' (GS 1342A, as amended by GS 1342B) (GS 1520)|
|for||carried||That the liturgical business entitled "Weekday Lectionary and Amendments to Calendar, Lectionary and Collects, Rules for Regulating Authorized Forms of Service, and 'Rules to Order the Service and Other Miscellaneous Liturgical Proposals' (GS 1342A, as amended by GS 1342B)" be considered for revision in committee.'|
|The Review of Clergy Terms of Service
Report by the Archbishops' Council (GS 1527)
|for||carried||That this Synod
(a) approve the recommendations summarised on page 1 of the Report;
(b) commend the report to the dioceses and the wider church and ask dioceses and other interested parties to submit comments to the working group by July 2004;
(c) request the Archbishops' Council to follow up the recommendations, taking account of the responses from dioceses and other interested parties, and to bring forward legislation based on those recommendations; and
(d) request the working group to make a further report to this Synod at the conclusion of the second phase of its work.
|The Gift of Authority
Report by the Council for Christian Unity (GS 1532)
|for||carried||That this Synod
(a) re-affirm the Church of England's commitment to work with all its ecumenical partners towards the full visible unity of the Church of Christ;
(b) recognise the significant role of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) and the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) in progressing the search for unity;
(c) recognise the pioneering work of ARCIC in developing an ecumenical method which seeks to get behind the language of division and to express the common faith in fresh ways.
(d) welcome the witness of The Gift of Authority that 'authority rightly exercised is a gift of God to bring reconciliation and peace to humankind' and its emphasis on the synodical nature of the Church as the form in which 'believers and churches are held together in communion';
(e) acknowledge that differing convictions about issues of authority are best explored in the context of shared church life and collaboration in mission;
(f) believing that any search for theological agreement on universal primacy requires that the contested claim of universal, ordinary and immediate jurisdiction for the Bishop of Rome be resolved, and noting that The Gift of Authority does not refer to this issue, request that it again form part of the agenda of ARCIC;
(g) observing that The Gift of Authority's treatment of the teaching authority of the Bishop of Rome is not sufficiently clear, request that ARCIC clarify in what sense this is 'a gift to be received by all the churches'; and
(h) affirm that ecumenical texts proposed for agreement by the Church of England should be consonant with the Christian faith as the Church of England has received it and with existing ecumenical agreements, especially when these have already been agreed by this Synod.
|Asylum (GS Misc 731)|
|That this Synod, in the light of Scriptural teaching about
care for the vulnerable, welcome for strangers and foreigners and the Church's calling to reach out to the marginalised and persecuted
(a) applaud the responses made by congregations sand coalitions of churches working with other faith communities and voluntary organizations in responding to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers;
(b) welcome the contributions made to our Churches and national life by asylum seekers and other migrants;
(c) express its deep concern over the vilifying in the media of those seeking asylum and actively support the efforts of church and secular groups who are seeking to promote a balanced treatment of asylum seekers by the media;
(d) condemn the exploitation of the poor and vulnerable by organised criminals engaging in people trafficking;
(e) call upon Her Majesty's Government
(f) request the Mission and Public Affairs Council to;